As an experienced cat owner, I often get asked by first-timers how to go about picking the right cat for their home. Choosing a feline companion is exciting, but there are some important factors to consider so you and kitty live happily ever after. Here’s my guide to choosing the purrfect cat for a novice owner:
Cats have different personalities, so think about what traits you’d like in your new furball:
- Playful and energetic
- Affectionate lap cat
- Mellow and laidback
Visit shelters and spend time petting and playing with cats to get a sense of their temperaments. An outgoing cat may be easier for a new owner.
- Kitten: Playful and bonding but require more time and training
- Young cat: More independent but still energetic
- Older cat: Calmer and lower maintenance
Kittens are tons of fun but can be rambunctious. An adult cat may be better for a new cat parent.
While cats have unique personalities, some breeds tend to share common traits:
- Siamese: Vocal, energetic, bonding
- Persian: Sweet, laidback, enjoy being pet
- Maine Coon: Intelligent, playful, dog-like personalities
Do research to see what breeds may work for your lifestyle.
Space and Setup
Make sure your home has everything a cat needs:
- Vertical space to climb
- Scratching posts
- Litter box in quiet area
- Cat-proofed nooks and hiding spots
Provide toys to keep them stimulated and engaged.
- Daily playtime and affection
- Regular feeding, litter cleaning
- Grooming like nail trims
- Annual vet visits
Be realistic about the time you can commit to proper cat care before adopting.
With research and preparation, you’re sure to find the perfect furry match! Let a shelter advisor know you’re a novice – they can help match you with an ideal cats for a first-time owner. Patience and love go a long way in building a bond with your new feline friend.